Catching Chilliwack’s beauty

Photo contest raises funds for Chilliwack General Hospital

Lindell Beach at Cultus Lake.

People and pets stay away: this summer’s Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) photo contest is all about pure, unadulterated Chilliwack beauty.

The best part? All funds pour right back into the Chilliwack community.

FVHCF marketing and database co-ordinator Lisa Luky says highlighting Chilliwack’s beautiful scenery was a natural choice when they started bouncing around ideas for a Chilliwack General Hospital fundraiser.

“Tons of people take their camera out and about and all over the place,” Luky says. “There’s iPhone photography now, so everyone’s got a camera with them.”

The fundraiser is a two-part process; the photograph entry fees will cover the cost of printing a calendar with the best 12 images from the contest, and calendar sales in the fall will be the main fundraiser.

All proceeds will be passed on to the hospital, which is currently in the midst of renovations.

After all, it’s all about keeping it in the community.

“When we do a project in a community, or if a donor gives us money from a community, it stays in that community,” Luky says, explaining FVHCF’s mandate. The organization supports hospitals in Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, and Hope through fundraisers like this one, ranging from Run for Mom to charity breakfasts.

With a staff of only five people between all four communities, Luky says there’s a lot of legwork—but it’s worth it, especially with such strong community support.

London Drugs donated a $250 gift card for first prize in contest, and Luky is in the process of organizing other businesses to sell the calendar when the contest ends in the fall.

But the first step is getting the photos together—and the FVHCF team can’t wait to see what they get.

“People are pretty proud of how beautiful it is in Chilliwack—you’ve got the mountains, you’ve got the farms—so it’s kind of a natural fit,” Luky concludes with a smile. “We have all summer.”

• The contest deadline is Sept. 15, and the entry fee is $20 for the first photo and $10 for each additional entry. Guidelines specify scenery only—no people or pets. Submit photos in jpeg format to FVHCF1@gmail.com and find more information at www.FVHCF.org/events.

Just Posted

Snow prayers answered as Manning Park ski hill opens Friday

Ski hill will be open seven days a week starting Dec. 14, and cross-country trails as well

Fleeing driver picks fight with Chilliwack police dog, loses

Good dog ‘Griff’ also locates large quantity of what police believe to be crystal meth in Abbotsford

UPDATE: Heavy rainfall, strong winds in forecast for Lower Mainland

Heavy rains, snow expected till Friday morning

DFO confirms that investigation of fish habitat destruction in the Fraser River is underway

Conservation and Protection reps ordered Herrling and Carey Island owners to take corrective action

Hope rescue crew remove man pinned in semi-truck on Highway 3

Tuesday night rescue was swift, with the man removed safely from the truck within an hour and a half

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

Vancouver police make arrest in hit and run that killed skateboarder

Charges stem from a two-year investigation into the April 17 death of 30-year-old Ryan Barron

5 to start your day

Powerful winds anticipated in Lower Mainland, Chilliwack company facing charges in chicken abuse case and more

Increase in downed power lines in B.C., how to stay safe

BC Hydro study finds a third of British Columbians may be putting themselves at risk

Woman dies after being struck by bus in Burnaby

RCMP officers from the traffic and collision teams are investigating

Judge sets bail at $2.5 million in 1987 slaying of B.C. couple

William Talbott II, 55, is charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder

EU leaders vow to press on with ‘no-deal’ Brexit plans

European Union leaders have offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises, as the British prime minister seeks a lifeline.

Powerful winds set to hit Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island

The agency says winds in coastal areas will strengthen up to 70 kilometres an hour before the front moves inland and gusts reach 90 kilometres an hour.

Mandatory victim surcharge cruel and unusual punishment, top court rules

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government made the charges mandatory in 2013.

Most Read